Dr Schlechter on TAC01-HER2 Therapy in HER2+ Solid Tumors

June 9, 2023

Benjamin L. Schlechter, MD, senior physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, instructor, medicine, Harvard Medical School, discusses the future implications of TAC01-HER2 therapy in patients with HER2-positive solid tumors.

The ongoing, phase 1/2 TACTIC-2 trial (NCT04727151) is evaluating the efficacy and safety of autologous TAC01-HER2 T-cell therapy in patients with HER2-positive breast, colorectal, gall bladder, gastroesophageal junction (GEJ), gastric, esophageal, lung, and ovarian cancers.

Interim findings from this trial, presented at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting, showed 2 partial responses to the therapy, 1 in a patient with refractory GEJ cancer, and 1 in a patient with refractory gastric cancer. In the patients with gastric, GEJ, or esophageal cancer, the disease control rate (DCR) was 83% and the overall response rate was 33%. In heavily pretreated patients, the DCR was 67%. One dose-limiting toxicity (DLT), grade 3 pneumonitis, was observed, and 1 patient had grade 3 cytokine release syndrome. No incidence of immune effector cell–associated neurotoxicity syndrome has been reported.